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spoken into existence

Friday, May 8, 2009

Man, sometimes I wish I could, as the Creator can, speak things into existence. Can't do it though, and as a result I'm only now getting back into shape, banjo-pickin' wise.

This afternoon though, I wanted to weigh in, once again, on the tab versus no tab thing. I've stated before in various places about the Hangout that I think learning to play is mostly about training the ear and that any medium that helps you do that is a good thing.

With tab, I can pick up things in an hour or so that might have taken me a week to try and learn from the audio file. I'm not saying that learning things off "records" isn't important. On the contrary, if one could only learn tunes one way, then I'd think records would more fun and in the end perhaps more productive. We don't live in an all or nothing world though.

I for one think tab is a mighty cool step-saver. That's it. 2 comments

small steps

Monday, April 6, 2009 2 comments

the wheels are always turning

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 2 comments

a good start

Friday, January 16, 2009 Add Comment

The Year That Was

Thursday, January 1, 2009 2 comments

Happy Holidays

Saturday, December 20, 2008 3 comments

weekends with Earl

Saturday, December 6, 2008 3 comments

tabbed out

Friday, November 28, 2008 1 comment

timing, timing, timing

Monday, November 24, 2008 Add Comment

brave new world

Wednesday, November 19, 2008 3 comments

do the right thing

Wednesday, November 19, 2008 1 comment

sleepy head

Monday, November 17, 2008 5 comments

now, where was I?

Sunday, November 16, 2008 Add Comment

not so fast

Monday, November 10, 2008 4 comments

bent into shape

Sunday, November 9, 2008 1 comment

head aches and pain

Friday, November 7, 2008 3 comments

clean up campaign

Tuesday, October 28, 2008 5 comments

dixie breakdown

Thursday, October 23, 2008 2 comments

"time lost is never found again"

Thursday, October 16, 2008 Add Comment

ct scan clear

Wednesday, September 24, 2008 3 comments

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(In no particular order) -- Duane Allman, Allman Brothers, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Johnson, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Steely Dan, Larry Carlton, Dire Staits, Joe Pass, Brad Jones, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Norah Jones, Alison Krauss, Gillian Welch, David Lindley, Derek Trucks, Ken Jones, Randal Morton, Greg Morton, Richard Bailey, Tommy Burroughs, Mark O'Connor, David Grisman, Sam Bush, Vassar Clements, Bill Monroe, Earl Scruggs, J.D. Crowe, Larry McNeely, Alan Munde, Carl Jackson, Jack Hicks, Butch Robins, Bela Fleck, Clarence White, Tony Rice, Dan Crary, Doc Watson, SteelDrivers -- all the other good ones.

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My father exposed me to music early. I was around it steady from about 14 forward. The summer between 8th and 9th grades Dad's brother gave me a proper introduction to the 5 string. Later that summer I saw the great Bill Monroe at Lakeland in Memphis and haven't been the same since. Dad bought me a banjo and arranged for some lessons with super-picker Randal Morton. I was progressing nicely when the rock-n-roll thing happened in my late teens. In my 20s I played electric guitar and rock. I still listened to bluegrass occasionally but had little interest in getting back into it. Then, halfway through my 47th year on the planet, the long dormant banjo bug came out of remission.

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